Archive for the 'Refugees' Category

On Camps and Cities: The Lived Experience of Displaced Syrians in Jordan

by Matthew R. Stevens The treatment of Syrian refugees living in urban centres in Jordan is changing radically. New laws, passed in July, are placing strict new limits on who can receive services and support from UNHCR, agencies, and the government. Until recently, the Government of Jordan allowed all Syrians with refugee status to register […]

“Dreaming of Home: Syrian Refugees in Jordan’s Cities – Will They Be Repatriated?” by Matthew R. Stevens

Dreaming of Home : Syrian Refugees in Jordan’s Cities – Will They Be Repatriated? by Matthew R. Stevens – @Matt_R_Stevens for Syria Comment, Sept 16, 2014 “What do I think will happen?” He sighs. “I think that it is over. I think Bashar will win.” I am cross-legged in the sitting room of a Syrian […]

The Unintended Consequences of Closing and Restricting Jordan-Syria Border Crossings—by Justin Schon

by Justin Schon “In the interest of our national security, we are prepared to close the border if — God forbid — anarchy breaks out in Syria or we see an unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah said in January 2013. This statement may […]

“Observations of a Homsi living in Tartous,” by Aboud Dandachi

Over the course of the Syrian conflict, the port city of Tartous has been regarded as a bastion of loyalist support, a regime stronghold, and a city loyal to Bashar Assad. Only two of these statements are true. Most people of Tartous had no love for Assad.

Problems for Syrians in Egypt; News from Kurdish North; Looting & Oil; Round-up

by Matthew Barber The scale of this propaganda piece is impressive: An ISIS billboard in Raqqa promoting shari’a law. The yellow text at the top says “The state’s civil law is contrary to the religion of Allah,” followed by a verse from the Qur’an (3:83 “Do they, then, seek a religion other than Allah’s, while […]